Doctor of Nursing Practice

Hybrid (post-BSN options)

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Online (post-MSN options)

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Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis; and analysis of the DNP Project.

Policies and guidelines for this program are located in the Nursing DNP Handbook.

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Program Objectives

  • Critically analyze complex clinical situations and practice systems.

  • Assume leadership roles in the development of clinical practice models, health policy and standards of care.

  • Demonstrate advanced diagnostic reasoning skills and clinical judgment through scholarship and nursing practice (APRN) OR Develop practice models that support nurses in diagnostic reasoning skills and clinical judgment through the use of evidence based practice (Executive).

  • Analyze the social, economic political, epidemiological and other scientific data to improve individual, aggregate and population health.

  • Demonstrate information fluency and advanced communication skills to lead quality improvement initiatives to improve patient care and health systems.

  • Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive care to clients within an area of advanced practice specialization (advanced practice) OR Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive care models for systems within an area of responsibility (nurse executive).

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Curriculum

Students will take course work corresponding to the eight essential competencies delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The competencies address the following:

  1. Scientific underpinning for practice

  2. Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking

  3. Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice

  4. Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care

  5. Health care policy for advocacy in health care

  6. Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes

  7. Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health

  8. Advanced nursing practice

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